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My Summer Reading Recap

From the beginning of June to the end of August, I read a total of 33 books! It was more than wonderful to read this many books over my summer break, as I really missed reading during last spring semester. I’m back at school now for the fall semester, and between all of the required reading I have to do for class, other homework, activities, LIFE, I know I’m going to be reading less- my goal for September is to at least read 2 BOOKS GUYS!

If I had to summarize my summer reading is one genre it would hands-down be contemporary! Even though I did read some fantasy and sci-fi, I really must be a summertime= contemporary reader! Listed below are going to be my favorite reads of the summer, and I’ll leave links to reviews if I have them for the book!

June

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz | review: here

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia |review: here

Warcross by Marie Lu (ARC) | review to come

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han |review: here

July

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | mini review: here

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee | review: here

August

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (ARC) | review to come

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | review: here

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | review: here

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | review: here

Honorable Mentions:

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | review: here

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel | review: here

Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart (ARC) | review to come

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

What was your favorite read of the summer? Share in the comments!

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Australia, Adult Books, & A Lot of Mysteries: What I Read in August 2017

August was an important reading month for me because I hit my reading goal of at least 58 books in 2017, meaning that I had read 200 books within three years. In August,over half of the books that I picked up were adult books, two took place in Australia (which was extremely cool because I rarely read books that take place there!), and a lot of the books that I read involved some sort of mystery (or mysteries in a few cases). I read 11 books in total, which I’m pretty happy about, considering that I’m back at school for the fall semester and I know that I won’t be reading as much as a did this summer (*major sigh). As always, if I have reviewed the book, I’m just going to include my star rating and a link to my review.

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (ARC) | 4/5 Stars

Genuine Fraud left me thinking throughout and after this mystery thriller told in reverse-chronological order from E. Lockhart. I’ll have a review coming closer to release date.

 One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid |4.25/5 Starsonetrueloves

Review: Here

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (ARC) | 5/5 Stars

I had been highlight anticipating Little Fires Everywhere since I read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You in 2016, and Little Fires Everywhere exceeded my expectations. It was definitely one of my favorite books of 2017, and I’ll have a review to coming closer to release date.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review: Here

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | 5/5 Stars

Review: Here

The Thing with Feathers (ARC) by McCall Hoyle | 3.5/5 Stars

I was highly anticipating The Thing With Feathers, as our main character, Emilie, has epilepsy and must adjust from being homeschooled to attending public school. I have a review coming for The Things with Feathers next week!

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Review: Here

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | 4/5 Stars

You could always use a Sophie Kinsella book in your life. Her books are light and funny, and My Not So Perfect Life is no exception. While a tad unrealistic at times, Katie felt really down to earth, and I loved how much glamping played into this book. I’m happy to say that the romance in this book doesn’t overtake the story, however, the story does drag at the end just to have a solution to Alex and Katie’s relationship.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | 4/5 Stars

I’ve been so excited to finally start watching the Big Little Lies HBO mini-series, but being the reader that I am, I knew I had to read the book before starting the show. I’ll be uploading a post soon about my Big Little Lies excitement, but just know this book took me by surprise and I’m still obsessed. I’ve also started watching the TV show, which is another growing obsession.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | 4/5 Stars

I’m super proud of myself for adding Modern Romance because I finally listened to my first audiobook! I’m going to have post all about it soon.

Passing by Nella Larsen | 3.5/5 Stars

I flew through Passing for my English class this week, and I really enjoyed this classic focused on race. I’m a bit disappointed that I had to rush through this one (super thankful though that my edition was only eighty-two pages long) in order to do my first class assignment, but I’m excited about discussing this book more in class.

Even though I didn’t count it as read, I did DNF Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco this month. I began reading Stalking Jack the Ripper at the end of the July and by the end of the first in week in August, I decided that the book was just not for me. I really wanted to like this one because so many blogs that I follow love it! In short, I had no interest in our main protagonist, I often lost track of characters, and while the book has an exciting mystery premise, I found the plot extremely slow moving. If you’re interested, I go more into my Stalking Jack the Ripper feels here.

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What I Read in July 2017

July was filled with days spent at the beach and by the pool with a book in hand, of course! Having read 12 books, I’ll be keeping my thoughts on each read short and sweet, especially if I’ve already reviewed the book on the blog.

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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay // My Rating:4/5 Stars

Review:here

Fun Fact: There’s a film adaptation of Sarah’s Key, which I watched this month and also really enjoyed!

Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson // My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Review: here

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord// 4/5 Stars

Review: here

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (ARC) // 2/5 stars

I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Just Friends, but unfortunately, I did not enjoy this friends-turned-romance story. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style and characters (two major components of a novel), and while I don’t mind books with predictable plots, I just couldn’t get into this one.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett // My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

The Mothers isn’t a heavy plot-set book, but it was one that I really enjoyed. We grow up with these three main characters who’s past and secrets come to life as they get older. The Mothers reminded me of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, another diverse read that I loved in 2016.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // 4/5 Stars

Review: here

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab // 4/5 Stars

The third and final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, I took my time reading A Conjuring of Light, since I didn’t just to rush through. These books also have slow, world-building starts that doesn’t necessarily call for fast-paced reading. However, once I hit the 300-page mark (ACOL is over 600 pages long), I felt myself immersed in this story. I really loved how this series wrapped up, ACOL now being my favorite Shades of Magic novel.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index  by Julie Israel //4/5 Stars

Review: here

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins // 4/5 Stars

I have a review for Summer Days and Summer Nights on the way, but for right now, I will say that I loved this summer-filled read, especially the stories from Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Perkins.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath // 4/5 Stars

A classic book that I really enjoyed and didn’t read in an English class, whatttt?? I was absolutely enchanted with the writing style and story set in The Bell Jar, and a week after reading, I still find myself thinking about Esther’s story and how parallel it is to Sylvia Plath’s own life.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee // 4.75/5 Stars

Another review coming soon, but just know that I lovveeeeddddd Tash Hearts Tolstoy and it deserves all the hype, especially for its diversity!

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and E.Lockhart // 3/5 Stars

I read a lot of Lauren Myracle and Sarh Mlynowki’s books growing up, and I love E.Lockharts books, so I figured I enjoy How to Be Bad. If you’re looking for a light, summertime and throwback read (HoBB was published in 2008), look no further, Waffle House and a road trip included.

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What I Read in June

June was not only a fantastic reading month for me, but also a great book month in general. Earlier in the month, I attended Book Con 2017, and I recapped my Saturday and Sunday at the convention on the blog. I left Book Con with 18 books (at least I bought another bookcase in advance) and actually came home to more this month! Having read 11 books this month, I’m going to be keeping my thoughts on each book short and sweet. I have full reviews for When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters (which I leave links for), and I often write mini reviews on Goodreads.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman | 4/5 Stars

I’m a fan of Gayle Forman’s young-adult duologies,  If I Stay and Just One Day, so I knew I had to pick up her adult novel at some point. While the main character, Maribeth, undergoes a big life change (after having a heart attack she decides to leave her husband and two children), the plot stays pretty mellow as Maribeth tries to figure out life.

Jane Eyre The Graphic Novel by Amy Corzine & Charlotte Bronte | 2/5 Star

I’m reading a Jane Eyre retelling in my English class next semester, so I figured I’d read Jane Eyre beforehand. This graphic novel had the original text and I just wasn’t a huge fan of the artwork and story overall.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | 4.5/5 Stars

When Dimple Met Rishi was on my TBR since January (insert jealously of anyone with an ARC here), so I was so happy to pick up the book in June and was not disappointed. I loved how Sandhya Menon interwove Indian culture and tradition, web development, humor, family, and more in this young-adult rom-com. I have a full review for When Dimple Met Rishi here.

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab | 3.5/5 Stars

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in the Shades of Magic trilogy.  While I appreciated the world building and character development, things were just moving so slowly and didn’t find myself immersed in this story until the 250-page mark. However, I really enjoyed how there was more from Rhy’s perspective in this installment and I loved following the Games.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | somewhere between 4 & 5/5 Stars

I was so happy I found out a few months ago that the Queen of YA Contemporary was not only coming out with another book, but a book centered around wedding planning (I’m a Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings addict, okay?). Despite Sarah Dessen’s books tend to follow a similar format (troubled girls meets troubled boy, they like each other but won’t admit it, and then they fall in love at the end ), I really enjoyed this story and the side characters really made it for me, specifically William and Jilly.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz | somewhere between 4 & 5/5 Stars

Yes, this Hamilton mega-fangirl finally read Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza, a historical retelling of how Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton met. This book relaunched all of my Hamilton feels (even though they are quite non-stop). If you’re any level of a Hamilton fan, I definitely recommend checking this one out.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | 5/5 Stars

Eliza and Her Monsters is the book that my Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell soul needed. It incorporated fandom, fan fiction, family, relationships, anxiety and so much more, and it has become one of my all-time favorite reads. I have a full review of Eliza and Her Monsters here.

Warcross by Marie Lu (ARC) 5/5 Stars

I was so beyond fortunate enough this month to receive an ARC copy of Warcross from Marie Lu at Book Con, and I’m so beyond excited to announce that this book was everything I expected and more! Warcross follows teenage bounty hunter Emika Chen, who’s just glitched herself into the International Warcross Championships. The creator of the hit sensation virtual-reality game that is Warcross, Hideo Tanaka, wants Emika to come to Tokyo and participate in the games, in hopes that she’ll solve a security problem for his company. Warcross comes out on September 12th, and I’ll be posting my full review then!

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | somewhere between 4 & 5/5 Stars

After reading Eliza and Her Monsters, I knew I needed another Francesca Zappia book in my life. While Made You Up has a different vibe from Eliza and Her Monsters, following a girl with schizophrenia and her journey transferring to a new school her senior year, I devoured this quirky story featuring mental health awareness and relationships (and some lobsters).

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab | 4/5 Stars

The sequel to This Savage Song and the final book in the Monsters of Verity duology, I was quite satisfied to the ending of Our Dark Duet, as it felt realistic to the story (aka a book where not every character is saved after fighting an epic battle). However, this book was a bit slow-moving for me and I felt a bit disconnected from the two main protagonists, August and Kate.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han |5/5 Stars

The final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean was everything I could have hoped for in this final installment and I can’t get over all of the Hamilton bits! I’ll have a full review up on the blog soon!

What did you read in June? Share in the comments!

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My Favorite Spring 2017 Reads

Between March, April and May, I read a total of 22 books (!!!) and as spring turns right into summer, I thought it was time to consider my favorite reads of the season. I’ve talked about most of these books on the blog a lot already, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. If you want a recap of each book that I read this spring, I recommend going to my What I Read posts for March, April, and May—just click on these months to go directly to the post. For my favorite spring reads, I’ll be giving each novel my star rating along with my full review linked—there’s only one book with no review!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab // 5/5 stars

Review: here

Heartless by Marissa Meyer // 4.75/ 5 stars

Review: here

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // 5/5 Stars

Review: here

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 stars

No review for Radio Silence, but here’s my mini Goodreads review:

I ate this book in about a day and a half AND I’M IN LOVE. Frances reminded me so much of myself, having a ‘School Frances’ (smart, quiet girl who will go to a top university/college) vs ‘Real Frances’ (spends her free time on Youtube and Tumblr, does fan art, WEARS MONSTERS INC. LEGGINGS!!!). 

What else I loved:
-Her FRIENDSHIP with Aled. They had such a solid boy-girl friendship THAT DIDN’T TURN INTO ROMANCE WHAT SO EVER, WHATTTTTT?
-Frances’ mom. I loved that woman, between her Saturday movie nights, her support, her unicorn onesie, and her help hehehe.
-Side characters <3= I want Raine and Daniel on my side
-The Youtube/Radio Silence aspect– felt so REAL and current
-Diversity!!!!
-This book is almost 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel like it all- absolutely flew through and wanted even MORE.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 stars

Review: here

What were some of your favorite spring reads? Let me know in the comments below!

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What I Read in May

May was an absolutely fantastic reading month for me! Since I read 10 books this month, I kept my thoughts short and sweet, going from my least favorite read to my favorite read of the month.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs // 2/5 Stars

Even though this is a YA novel and the main characters are teenagers, Nemesis felt more like a middle grade to me. While the premise was exciting and had some Lord of the Flies vibes, the plot and characters just didn’t deliver for me.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston // 2/5 Stars

My sister loves Natasha Preston’s books, so I typically read them alongside her. I was unfortunately very disappointed, as The Cabin’s premise was exciting, but the story itself didn’t have any sort of spark and was WAY too long– it took us forever to get to some sort of “solution”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // 3.75/5 Stars

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy ADSOM as much as I thought I would, being head-over-heels for Schwab’s This Savage Song and Vicious. I thought that the plot was a bit predictable and unexciting at times, however, I plan on picking up the next book soon!

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith // 4/5 Stars

While Windfall was over 400 pages long, it was a pretty quick read for me. I found it to be a little tropey and I didn’t completely enjoy the romance. I loved Leo and seeing Alice’s journey outside her relationship with Teddy. I teared up when she reflects on her parents’ lives with her uncle.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 4/5 Stars

I finally read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and really enjoyed it! There’s a dog and Oreos!! I have a full review here.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5 Stars

Geekerella was the fandom+fairytale novel that I didn’t know I needed until I started reading. My full review can be found on Fangirl Fury here.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // 4.75/5 Stars

The One Memory of Flora Banks took me by surprise, as it was one of my favorite reads of May. My review can be found here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

One of my most anticipated reads of 2017 finally delivered this month. I have a full review of ACOWAR here, including a mini conflicted rant about there being more books in the ACOTAR world.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 Stars

My only 5/5 Star read of the month, Radio Silence was the type of book that I just fell into. There’s Tumblr and Youtube and fanart and friendship and family and school all rolled into one perfect contemporary read.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 Stars

From the moment I started The Names They Gave Us, I was hooked. Emery Lord’s latest release about family, friendship, religion, and grief was an emotion-filled story rolled into a summer contemporary. I have a full review here.

What did you read in May? Share in the comments below!

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What I Read In April

April was the most demanding month of my life. Between classes and papers and finals and meetings and work and trips and friends, the month completely flew by. That being said, I’m so happy with past me for reading 5 books! My semester/freshman year ends tomorrow (internal screaming), so here’s to some much needed time off with ALL the books!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas (4/5 Stars)- This was my second time reading ACOTAR, as I was anticipating the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the final book in the trilogy (I know that there are more books coming out in the ACOTAR world, but I’m considering the first three books about Feyre a trilogy). While I enjoyed my reread, I was not as enchanted with ACOTAR this time around, especially knowing what happens in the second book. However, I was reminded of Feyre’s strength, and I also noticed more of the Beauty and the Beast elements this time around. I posted a reread review of ACOTAR a few weeks ago as well.

Wires and Nerve, Volume #1 by Marissa Meyer (4/5 stars)- As a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, I was so excited to get my hands on the series’ first graphic novel. I loved seeing the characters the way Marissa Meyer envisioned them, and I enjoyed having Iko as the main protagonist. I always wanted her point of view in the original four books (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) to begin with. However, I wish Wires and Nerve had taken place after Stars Above, the TLC novella bind-up, instead of taking place before the final novella in the book. I’m also a bit disappointed about the next volume not coming until 2018.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5/5 stars)- Between Angie Thomas rocking the New York Times Best Sellers List since The Hate U Give’s release in February and all the hype surrounding this book in the YA community, I was so excited to get my hands on this 2017 release. If there’s one thing (there were many things, don’t worry) that stood out to me while reading THUG, it is its contemporary relevance. THUG is based on the Black Lives Matter Movement, as our main protagonist Starr witnesses her childhood best friend die at the hands of a police officer. I haven’t rated a book 5 out of 5 stars in a while, and I have a full review of THUG up on the blog.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (4.5/5 Stars)– In addition to rereading ACOTAR, I reread A Court of Mist and Fury this month in anticipation of ACOWAR. I enjoyed my reread of ACOMAF a lot more than ACOTAR, as I loved being reunited with the Court of Dreams and Velaris. My biggest issue with this read was most of the romantic elements set in the novel, which I discuss in my reread review of ACOMAF.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf (3/5 stars)South of Sunshine follows Kaycee, a high school senior living in Sunshine, Tennessee. Kaycee does her best to hide that fact that she is a lesbian in her small, Christian town, until Bren shows up and turns Sunshine and Kaycee upside. I really enjoyed the setting of this book, and it made sad that Kaycee felt that she couldn’t be herself around her friends and family. However, I felt a big disconnect with this book , as I did not enjoy the writing style and often grew frustrated with the characters.

Favorite Book: The Hate U Give. THERE ARE HARRY POTTER AND HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL REFERENCES PEOPLE!!!

What books did you read in April? Share in the comments below!

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What I Read in March 2017

Thanks to a few snow days and spring break, I had so much more reading time in March and it was oh-so lovely!

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (3.75/5 stars)- The conclusion to Passenger, Wayfarer follows Etta and Nicholas’s quest through time, as they try to find each other and the missing astrolabe. While the book is told from both Etta and Nicholas’s perspectives, I only cared about Etta’s side of the story. I found the action in Nicholas’s sections hard to follow at times, and I found his companions, Sophia and Li-Min, much more interesting than the narrator himself. I loved reading from Etta’s perspective because I enjoyed her interaction with Henry and Julian, who were my favorite characters in the book. I would’ve rather spent the whole book with Etta and just have Nicholas simply appear back in her timeline.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (⅘ stars)Everything Leads to You follows Emi, a young set designer who’s gone back to the same girl too many times. With the help of a mysterious letter from an acting legend, Emi is led to Ava, who helps Emi in more ways than she could ever wish for. I finished this book in less than two days because I couldn’t step away from this cute, contemporary story for too long. Nina LaCour filled Everything Leads to You with such great characters and relationships. As someone who’s interested in film and media, I also loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of movie production. 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (5/5 stars) – I needed another Schwab book to tide me over until Our Dark Duet’s release, so Vicious seemed like a great way to go. AND I WAS RIGHT BECAUSE I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Vicious follows two college roommates who turn from best friends to archnemesis after an experiment gone terribly wrong. I have a full review of this book on the blog, where I use even more exclamation points and capitalized phrases to describe my feels. If there’s one thing you need to know about reading this book, it’s this: THERE’S A DOG SO GO READ IT NOW PLEASE!

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (3.5/5 stars)– When I learned that Jacqueline Woodson was visiting my school, I knew I had to pick up Brown Girl Dreaming right away. Written in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming tells the story of Woodson’s childhood, living in both the North and South during the Civil Rights Movements. While I found many of the passages to be so beautifully-written, I wasn’t totally memorized with the story overall. .

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (3/5 stars)– I picked up this book at the library because of its cover and since it included road trip in its blurb. Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour has me wanting this trope more and more, okay? The Museum of Intangible Things surrounds best friends Hannah and Zoe’s life in their working class New Jersey town. When Zoe tells Hannah that she needs something different, the two embark on a road trip and leave everything they’ve ever known this book. If I could describe this book in one word, it would be bizarre. While I enjoyed having Hannah as the main narrator and the road trip, I really didn’t like Zoe as our other main character. Zoe has bipolar disorder and while I like how Wendy Wunder incorporated mental illness into the book, Zoe’s mental illness became more of a plot device than simply being a part of her identity.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (4.75/ 5 stars)- As a big fan of The Lunar Chronicles, I knew I had to read Marissa Meyer’s other fairytale-inspired novel. The origin story of the Queen of Hearts, Heartless follows Cath Pinkerton, who is trying to avoid accepting the King’s marriage proposal. All Cath wants to do open the best bakery in Wonderland. Cath dreads receiving the King’s proposal at a royal ball, until she meets Jest, the handsome court joker. I really enjoyed the connections to Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. People, there’s croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs! While I had a small hope for an alternate ending where Cath didn’t become Queen,I did enjoy seeing her transform into the Queen of Hearts.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (⅘ stars)- After constantly seeing it being compared to Caraval, I decided to finally pick up The Night Circus. Since Caraval is the first in a series, I decided to go with a standalone, The Night Circus, first. The Night Circus follows two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been set against each other in a ‘game’. With the circus as their playing field and an entourage of individuals with their own special abilities, Celia and Marco try to figure out how to play, even as their feelings for each other deepen. I enjoyed The Night Circus because it is different from most of the novels I’ve read. I liked interacting with a full cast of characters, not just the two main protagonists. My biggest problem with this novel was that I didn’t feel very connected to the story and its characters. However, I wonder if it was Erin Morgenstern’s point to make us feel like outsiders and simply observe the circus in action.

Favorite Book: Vicious. I just couldn’t put this book down, and I wish there was some sort of sequel or companion novel to go along with it.I finally started reading Victoria Schwab’s books this year and her books might end up defining my reading year!

Between wrapping up this semester and life really, April looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy month for me. That being said, I would still love to read as much this month as I did in March. What books did you read this month? Share in the comments below!

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What I Read in February 2017

February was my first full month back at school. While it was a struggle to find time to read in between classes and papers and life, I was able to read 4 books this month:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (4.5/5 stars) Adam Silvera has once again written a novel that had me totally captivated from the start. I was obsessed with his first novel, More Than Happy Not, last year so I was excited to get my hands on History Is All You Left Me. Griffin’s heartbreak over Theo’s death is devastating enough, not to mention the fact the Griffin has to deal with Jackson, the guy Theo was seeing before he died. There were sad moments, cute moments, and some moments that made my jaw drop. What prevented me from giving HIAYLM a full five stars is that Griffin definitely makes some irrational decisions throughout the book. I understand that he is grieving, but there were moments where I wanted to pull him out of the story and give him a talking to.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (2/5 stars)There’s a reason why I never picked up this book before having to read it in my American Literature class. While I appreciated the book’s transcendentalist moments (what I’m focusing on in class), the only tears I shed came from my boredom of the writing style. It dragged on and on and that was only The Custom House. Leave this book about a woman and a minister having a child out of wedlock and her crazy stalker husband in the classroom kids.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (4/5 stars): I was never really a Twilight fan, so I was excited to give another Stephenie Meyer’s book a go. While I wasn’t overly impressed with the writing style, it was fun jumping back into a classic dystopian with a love-triangle read.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (5/5 Stars)I loved We Are Okay. The book follows Marin, a college freshman who abruptly left her life in San Francisco and is now forced to face the tragedy she left behind when her best friend comes to visit. Going in, I totally wasn’t expecting how emotional I would get attached to this story and its characters. LaCour switches between the past and present (I think that’s becoming a theme I really enjoy in books) and focuses on family relationships, which is a subject that doesn’t get enough focus in YA.  Since it’s on the short side, I was able to finish it in one weekend, which made this reader and her TBR pile very happy.

Favorite Book: We Are Okay– From the cover to the characters to LaCour’s writing style, everything about this book is beautiful. AND IT HAS FOOD. Get a box of tissues and go read it now!

What was your favorite read in February? Share in the comments below!